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a brief campaign hiatus' courtesy of hurricane sandy, president obama and mitt romney resumed campaigning. the candidate's weekend travel schedules made it clear where the election was likely to be decided. obama was slated to return to ohio today. saturday, sunday and monday. he was set to appear in iowa, virginia, wisconsin, florida, new hampshire and colorado. romney was doubled to campaign in ohio, went -- wisconsin, new hampshire and virginia. statewide polls differ on who was ahead in colorado and i what it should obama with a single digit lead in nevada and wisconsin. eight of nine surveys are the past week and a crucial ohio give obama a narrow edge. and we will be focusing on a violator in today's "washington journal." and our swing state series. we want to hear from voters and not-swing states. we want to hear how the election is playing out how you are. and this from the baltimore sun, charging more the candidates will go in the next couple days. ting where the candidates will go in the next couple days. again, the candidates focusing all of their attention in the days leading
sandy, we have seen clearly the problem with the government when president obama says he's going to get the federal government out of the way of rebuilding can be done. that is mitt's message, to get the government out of the way in restore the economy. we are seeing clearly in the relations being lifted to bring in oil to the east coast and the unions stopping out a state workers to come to restore electricity. this country needs to work together and mitt romney will bring us together. host: ob mentioned the hurricane -- bob mentioned the hurricane. and it has ben written about how it will affect the election . the store this morning from abc about chris christie. said everybody should be ready to vote on tuesday. i have ordered the county clerk's offices in every county in new jersey to be open both days of the weekend. he said he did not have to wait to vote. if you are tired of cleaning this stuff up, go there in person. also this morning, reported by mike allen of politico, an interesting story that mitt romney had in mind chris christie as his first choice. reaction to the speech
. then he started seeing tapering off. it was tapering off at least a week before hurricane sandy. a lot of people are saying, sandy killed him. i think that was more icing on the cake. he was already dropping before the hurricane came along. he did engage a lot of voters who were not paying attention to him that the debate was the first positive experience they have had considering mitt romney. a really put the brakes enclave of not enough. i will talk about that more and a couple of minutes. i think we felt good about how we looked at it. one of the things i denture the senate. there were 10 tossup races. if you come down to -- north dakota. if they both go democratic, democratic would have won nine out of the 10 tossup races. if they go the spread democrats or have 17-10. we talked abut it a little bit before the election -- the last group of tossup races. they never break and the marrow. they tend to break two there is one way and one-third with the other. whatever the guest of wind is. maybe it was sandy related and maybe not, but it was a positive gust of wind for the president. wh
about how much might be dispersed out of those sandy relatedopr stuff. >> public assistance, we have not done any of the permanent work. almost everything is still emergency work. that number will be based upon the the mission assignments and stuff. i will have public affairs is that back. for individual assistance, the total number of registrations in new jersey, new york, connecticut was 122,000 and total disbursed was 107 million dollars so far. >> could you address how the gas sorted is being helped -- shorter's is being held. our generators being offered? what else is being done for people who need gas for the generators? of work beinglot done in the utility's and the industry to get pipeline terminals back up and getting the receiving. that has already been occurring. the other part of the retail side and distribution of gas. we're working very closely with governor christie's team. sometimes getting additional trucks second off load fuel -- that can off load fuel. all of these options are under way and being worked with the states. correct thinking. i think that wraps up our c
is making a late push in tight states. scott, big hear from sandy, texas. how concerned are you about the electoral system? caller: i believe that we will be able to overcome the lying and cheating of the democrats. they are going to cheat. they are going to have voter fraud, there is no doubt about it. one of the best indicators of that is their opposition to the picture id. they are going to cheat, they are going to live, they will claim that the ends justify the means, that lying is acceptable as long as you advance the cause. we are just going to have to overcome that, and we will. host: let's look more at the governor romney visit to pennsylvania. postal let's listen to some of the mitt romney closing arguments -- host: let's listen to some of the mitt romney closing arguments in morris hill, pennsylvania. [video clip] >> we have journeyed far and wide for america's future. now we are almost home. one final push will get us there. we have many long days, short nights, and now we are close. the door to a brighter future is there, open, and waiting for us. i need your vote, your wo
at hurricane sandy and federal spending. then the talk about military ethics. then at 9:15 a.m. eastern, how the lame-duck session of congress may deal with the farm bill. ♪ > host: good morning and welcome to "washington journal." president obama is in the final day of the southeast asia trip. he is in cambodia and has just back hillary clinton to the middle east to talk about violence in the area. we would like to know whether what you think the role of the united states should be in the conflict in the middle east. here are the numbers. you can also find us online. you can tweet us @cspanwj. facebook.ee spoc here is the have one of the washington post. secretary clinton will travel to the middle east as israel always risky choices on and gaza. clinton will travel to the middle east today to discuss ongoing violence in gaza according to white house officials she will talk with leaders in jerusalem, ramallah and cairo. issues leading the east asia summit that president obama is an app. the death toll in the gaza strip surpassed 100 on monday. with evidence that an egyptian
. in the aftermath of hurricane sandy, congress can't ignore the near bankrupt flood insurance program. while we fix the short-term problems, however, let's make it more effective, efficient and actuarially sound so that it will spare lives, property and the federal treasury. overhauling the flood insurance program would solve the most immediate challenges caused by extreme weather events likely due to global warming. we may even be able to discuss climate change in a more thoughtful and rational way. based on work i've done in the past with congressman ryan and jeff flake, i know agriculture reform is a ripe opportunity. taxpayers cannot afford to lavish unnecessary subsidies on large agri business while harming the environment and shortchanging small farmers and ranchers. surely, tea party republicans and members of the progressive caucus can come together to improve nutrition, wildlife habitat, hunting and fishing while strengthening family farms. and since big bird dodged a bullet during the presidential campaign, maybe it's time to address the vital role that the federal support for public broa
website cspan.org. >> new jersey surfed some of the worst damage from hurricane sandy. today president obama visited the state with governor chris christie and spoke about the government's response to the disaster. this is 15 minutes. >> good afternoon, everybody. i want to thank the members that are here. i want to thank the president. we spent a significant afternoon together, surveying the damage up and down the coast line. we wanted to show the president that personally. we have the opportunity to discuss it. and over to the shelter and meet with folks and have them see the president and his concern all of us have for making sure that things get back to normal as quickly as possible. we have a lot of challenges. things we need to do to make sure we get power restored as quickly as possible, that people have clean water, hospitals are taking care of things they need to when we get kids back to school. i discussed all those issues with the president and i am pleased to report he has sprung into action immediately to give us those things while we were in a car together. i want to than
't a conservative say, this works? legitimate question, especially in the aftermath of sandy. we had an article in "the new york times" that big storms require big government. i have a brother there right now who weathered out the storm. he has his own generator. he is not a survivalist. he's a pilot with delta air lines, who ordinarily tells me, you are an idiot libertarian. anybody who does not vote for obama is a racist, etc. in the last couple of days, he has been ranting about how nobody is allowed back on the island. all of the people who evacuated -- this is a great example of setting up perverse incentives. next time, when they tell you to evacuate, you would be a fool to do so, because it has shown after half a week, they are not letting anybody back on the island. he is ranting. the government needs to get out of our way, let people back on the island. who is better at bringing themselves back from a disaster than the people who actually live there and have homes there and operate businesses there? the jury is out on sandy and thethe governor of new jersey is in a fight with the mayor
of hurricane sandy. you have my word that i will continue to work every day to ensure that the 10th congressional district of the state of new jersey and the entire state receives all the federal support we need until we reach full recovery. nearly two years ago my father was sworn into his 11th and final term in congress. i look forward to continuing to build on his legacy and serve the people of the 10th congressional district of new jersey, the nation and the world. and finally, i look forward to working with all of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, and for those of you that knew my father, i'd just like to end and will probably be the last time i mention it. as i went through the campaign and was successful in my candidacy, after the campaign i had time to reflect on what all of this meant to me and i realized there were many parallels in our lives, and i'll just end with this. when my father was 8 years old, his mother died. my mother died when i was 4. he was first elected in essex county freeholder. that was my first elected office. he then went on to the newark munic
to meet the critical needs of this nation. >> do you foresee a hearing on sandy and it's a facts? >> i anticipate -- i did not know if it will be at the federal level but in terms of -- i am confident there will be some assessment on a state-by- state level. in terms of looking at what was done and evaluating and making pronouncements as to what we can do better. there will be hearings. i cannot know if it will escalate to the federal level. >> mignon clyburn and paul kirby, this is "the communicators" on c-span. >> our live road to the white house coverage continues tonight. at 8:25, mitt romney and his wife at a campaign rally in englewood, colorado. then president obama of former president bill clinton speak at a rally in virginia. by beginning at 10:35 eastern tonight on c-span. now, the final virginia senate debate. former virginia governors and square off in one of the closest rates in -- races in the country. courtesy of wsls tv in, west virginia. >> welcome, everyone, to the last debate of this virginia campaign. i am coming to you live from the beautiful campus in virginia.
-span. host: are you in an area affected by sandy. caller: the area where i live on the upper east side, we are doing ok. but downtown manhattan is doing better now. the understand they are starting to get their electricity back. we are ok on the upper east side. host: are there concerns about how people might be affected with election day? caller: not in this neighborhood. i am sure there are in some neighborhoods. they are talking about making the arrangements either through having generators, or the election booths or bringing back the old system of voting, i guess mechanical. host: when it comes to house and senate elections, what are you looking at? caller: tomblin to vote straight democratic ticket down the line -- i am going to vote straight democratic ticket down . in congress, senate and president, all of the individuals all over and over bolling to the religious rights against abortion rights. they are bowing to the rich people. they are against slightly higher taxation. back to the clinton 4% increase. i know wealthy people in this town. pan on the other side of the country that
seeing tapering off. the week before hurricane sandy. lot of people say sandy killed him. i think it was more icing on the cake. but he really did engage a bunch of voters that had not been paying attention. it really put the race in play, but not quite enough. i will talk about but more and a couple minutes. the simplest thing, how we looked at it. in the senate, we saw a couple of outstanding races, but what seems to happen is there were 10 tossup races and become a down to, what is it? montana and north dakota? if they both go democratic -- if they both go republican it will have won seven out of 10. it goes to reinforce something that we already knew. when you get down to that last group of tossups senate races, they never break down the middle. they tend to break even, two- thirds one way, one-third of the other. it is whatever the gust of wind is. it could have been sandy related, maybe not. what ever happened, the use of them break either seven out of 10 or nine out of 10 in favor of republicans. it held up enormously. this, i think their team had a far better night than an
view, katrina, you saw it, sandy give some impetus to dealing with climate change. i said, in new york, we will pay for climate change one way or another. we can pay for it after each natural disaster -- in new york, we have had three or 4100-year disasters -- or four 100-year disasters. irene, sandy. it will give some impetus to deal with climate change. even if we cannot reach compromise on that, there are lots of things that we can reach compromise on and that would be on the agenda. the fourth thing i put on the agenda, i talked about earlier in reference to your question. maybe we can get some real financial reform. republicans are beginning to rethink super pacs. they have not produced the positive results they hope for and they have produced negative results that they did not expect. >> if a deal is reached before the end of the year, does that remove the need for tax reform, more comprehensive tax reform next year? >> my view is that corporate tax reform should be treated separately. why? to make corporate tax reform work, you should not have revenue increases. you are putting
you're going to, i assume, see people still suffering the effects of hurricane sandy which many people say is further evidence of how a warming globe is changing our weather. what specifically do you plan to do in a sec term to tackle the issue of climate change? and do you think the political will exists in washington to pass legislation that could include some kind of attacks on carbon? >> you know, as you know, mark, we can't attribute any particular weather event to climate change. what we do know is the temperature around the globe is increasing. faster than was predicted even 10 years ago. we do know that the arctic icecap is melting, faster than was predicted even five years ago. we do know there have been extraordinarily -- there have been an extraordinarily large number of severe weather events here in north america but also around the globe. and i am a firm believer that climate change is real, that it is impacting by human behavior and by carbon emissions and i think we have an obligation to future yen rations to do something about it. in hi first term, we doubled fuel effic
failure to abide by the rules. i want to make it abundantly clear we are in the same situation. sandy and i was a "profile in courage" almost to support china and we have consistently supported our position as most people are supporting the committee's position and the congress position as relates to allowing russia to assume the responsibilities of joining the w.t.o.. and while we have no guarantees that she will abide by the rules, at least we do have she recognizes that they are international rules. and for those people that are just monitoring the behavior of the people's republic of china, we have to realize that in order to get people to cooperate and to find some discipline in international trade, they have to join. and this goes a long way in making certain that only that we create the jobs and improve commercial trade with russia, but also it encourages the administration now to see what works for the great united states, what really works improve the quality of trade between all nations, and gives us another tool to work with. so i want to thank sandy and the chairman of the
saw superstorm san joaquin smash into -- sandy smash into new jersey and new york with devastating results. loss of life, incredible loss of property, both public and private, and a very, very big cleanup bill. joining me in a little while will be some of our representatives from the state of new york. and they'll talk about that in detail. but before sandy ever hit the coast there was a need here in america to protect americans from storms and floods. we know what happens when the protection wasn't there. devastating results. today in the news in california, northern california , there is on the headlines a series of storms coming into northern california, into my district, into where my home is, and the word is, get ready for serious flooding. i mean, this is very early in the season. although californians with any memory at all will know that there are a series of infamous christmas floods in northern california. now, this is really a thanksgiving flood potential. but nonetheless it's there. and i will tell you clearly that the sacramento region, which is the second most risky r
wins or a close race in the an end. host: hurricane sandy -- does that help or hurt the president? people are complaining that the response has not been quick enough. guest: if held to be president a little bit. -- ti -- it helped the president a little bit. the cake is still bake. there are not a lot of undecided voters. i do not think it changed anything. host: rick is on the line from massachusetts on the independent line. good morning. caller: i think all poles are an absolute joke. it depends on -- polls are an absolute joke. the questions posed are going to be toward the end of achieving the goal of the pollster. it depends on how the question is asked. the answer can be spun in the way he wants. the university of boulder has actual numbers as opposed to opinion. i do not give my opinion to the pollsters because i do not know how they are going to skew them. host: can you give us your opinion? who you think is going to win? caller: i believe it is going to be mitt romney. all the jobs the president wants to create art taxpayer funded. he does that answer the question -- are
and worse wildfires. two weeks ago hurricane sandy brought a powerful and tragic reminder that the combination of sea level rise and more powerful storms can be deadly, devastating and extremely costly. hurricane sandy was the only -- only the latest and most dramatic in a series of extreme weather events. over the past two years we've had recordbreaking temperatures , the worst drought in 50 years , major floods, numerous tornadoes and thunderstorms and vast wildfires. this is what global warming looks like. and if we continue to ignore it it will soon look far worse. we should be doing all we can to reduce carbon pollution and slow global warming. but this bill instead tries to stop efforts to reduce carbon pollution. specifically the bill targets the european union's requirement that airlines modestly reduce their carbon pollution. aviation is a significant and fast-growing source of carbon pollution and talks on an international agreement to control this pollution have languished for over a decade. so since nothing was happening for 10 years, the european union acted t
like super storm sandy is a storm we have never seen before. it is due to industrial pollution from burning fossil fuels such as petroleum. some might question is this. how much responsibility does the petroleum industry willing to take for superstar sandy and other climate disasters that are looming on the horizon? how do you justify using billions of years of energy accumulation through your own individual wealth? thank you very much. guest: thank you for the question. the oil and natural gas industry are leaders in alternative forms of energy. we take our responsibility very seriously. we have invested more than the federal government in these different forms of energy over the past 10 years. we take second seat to nobody for energy future. we understand our role and are looking always for new energy forms. we have a vast diversity of energy that we produce. climate has been a discussion in the united states for the past decade or so. carbon emissions right now are at 1992 levels. the economy has slowed down and we need to get people back to work and to get the economy recovered.
to the settlement with bp. that is followed up by president obama touring a hurricane sandy damage in new york. in 2010, the deep water rights and rid explosion was the worst oil spill. -- rig explosion was the worst oil spill. there was a $4.5 billion settlement case. this briefing is half an hour. >> good afternoon. i'm here with the assistant attorney general from the justice department and the security and exchange commission of enforce. and head of deep water verizon task force and announcing the latest step forward in our ongoing efforts to achieve justice for those whose lives and livelihoods were impacted by the largest environmental disaster in the history of the united states. and to hold accountable those bore responsibility for this tragedy. today in united states state district court here in louisiana in new orleans the department filed a 14 count information charging b.p. with eleven counts of felony manslaughter. one count of felony obstruction of justice and violations of the clean water and migratory bird treaty acts in connection with the deep water horizon oil spill that beg
. and the only thing getting attention during the first few days of the sandy coverage. romney was in ohio. he was holding an event that encouraged people to bring aid and food. this ad was running. in it, it suggests that president obama is responsible, and his policies are responsible for jeep sending more jobs to china. china -- the chrysler owners are investing in china to boost the market there. they are not cutting back in ohio. they are investing more in the toledo area chrysler planned. the romney campaign has been asked about it. and they stand by it. the suggestion is clear that ohio might lose jobs. host: let's play a little bit of the radio ad that talks about this. >> barack obama says he saved the auto industry, but for who? ohio or china? gm cut 15,000 american jobs, but they are planning to double the number of cars in china which means 15,000 more jobs for china. chrysler plans to start making jeeps in china. what happened to the promises made to autoworkers in ohio? this same hard-working men and women who were told the auto bailout would help them. mitt romney would welcome
at cspan.org. >> we're going to >> in response to hurricane sandy you will hear from fema administrator and we are joined by h.u.d, secretary and red cross senior v.p. for disaster services. following remarks we will be taking questions from reporters. we will take one question per person and with that i turn it over to the administrator. >> good afternoon. the response is i think if you get in some of the areas where storm surge was people had significant flood damage in their homes and the impact is reflected in our current registrations for assistance over 217,000 have registered and over right now we're at about $199 million in assistance has already been provided t. bulk of that $1993 million in housing and $6 million for eligible cost. and the numbers we expect to don't go up as people are able to get registered and get the assistance. but this also shows why it's going to take a strong federal partnership and state local government to address the homes damaged. as power comes on it's becoming clear for many people the longer term issues will be rebuilding and repairing their home
's stop there. first, i want to show you "the daily news" about superstore sandy, new york hit with a $30 billion bill. "the daily news" is saying to suck it up. responding to the storm up there in new york. that is a story to watch as congress returns. another topic for congress, of course, is the situation with general petraeus resigning. we will talk about that with ronald kessler, next. we will talk about protocol, and then we will return to this fiscal cliff discussion with evan in, former democratic senator from indiana. we will be right back. ♪ >> c-span invites middle school and high-school students to send a message to the president. let the president know which issue is most important to be considered in 2013. the studentcam video competition is open to students grades 6 through 12, and the january -- and the deadline is january 18. for complete rules, go online to studentscam.org. >> i enjoy the rebroadcast of various television news programs. i like that they provide and to end coverage without the sound bites. it really gives me an opportunity to consume as much information
update. >> the unemployment figures this hour. superstorm sandy drove the number of people seeking benefits up to a seasonally adjusted 439,000 last week, the highest level in 18 months. the labor department says applications increased by 70,000 because a large number of applicants filed in states damaged by the storm. people can claim unemployment benefits if the workplace is closed and they do not get paid. an update on the deep water horizon explosion in the gulf of mexico. bbc says bp is said to receive a record fine of between $3 billion and $5 billion to settle criminal charges related to the accident. the bbc editor said that it will be the biggest criminal penalty in u.s. history. the settlement will be with bp pleading guilty to criminal charges. in addition, there is word that up to four staff will be arrested and two charged with manslaughter. the 2010 deepwater horizon disaster killed 11 workers and released millions of barrels of crude oil into the gulf of mexico over 87 days. more on david petraeus from defense secretary leon panetta. in remarks earlier from thailand,
hurricane sandy. the president visited a disaster recovery center on staten island. met with families, officials, and first responders. he was joined by new york city mayor andrew bloomberg, homeland security secretary janet polycom, and others. this is 20 minutes. -- napolitano, and others. this is 20 minutes. >> good afternoon. on behalf of all new yorkers, it is a honor to welcome you to our city. we're here with our great centers and the governor and i wanted to particularly thank you and thank all the volunteers who have worked so hard the last two weeks. a lot of them. they have made all the difference. we are getting out of this. we have to get ahead. we lost 23 stat islanders. one of them was a police officer, a young man full of promise, somebody who unfortunately the city is going to mess. we are making our way back. thank you particularly for all the help we have gotten from fema and, secretary napolitano, off and human services, and all of your team. the red cross together -- i want to thank everybody here. we have a new program, rapid response. a bunch of people, electric
. especially those hit by hurricane sandy. secondly, we all believe in the context of this that those human investments programs that support and sustain working class and poor americans should not be the sacrificial lamb in any discussion. those programs have already been cut and reduced to an extent. we are very unified in our thinking. thirdly and finally, we stand here as representatives of organizations and constituencies that we work for, but we stand here as americans with the sincere hope that the men and women in this city can find common ground we know they can find if the all exercise good will and a commitment to the common ground. we think that is one of the most important messages. there is a sincere feeling to find common ground. we thank the president for having us today. we appreciate that. sister janet and then jim. >> and the executive director of -- you probably know me ask bus. the nun on the what i take away is the president's awareness and commitment to the struggles that working class folks have in the united states. he understands that you can work for minimum wage
on super storm sandy on telecommunications systems on c-span2. >> on tomorrow morning's "washington journal" jack girard talks about gas prices and alternative energy efforts. christine owens discusses unemployment benefits. and after that, dominic chu discusses what wall street investors are doing with their money in advance of the fiscal cliff. "washington journal" live on tuesday morning at 7:00 a.m. eastern. now, look at the role of private enterprise and public education and what the obama administration approach will be in 2013. this is an hour and 35 minutes. >> welcome. thank you for joining us. we are just getting back. the energy level is probably going to get mellow. we will make that work for us. today's panel is on the question of for-profit and federal education policy. this is a topic that we at aei have been talking about for an extended stretch. in support of the templeton foundation, we have been running the private enterprise projects, trying to think about the opportunities and the challenge. how do make this work for kids in the communities? how do we think about some o
in the campaign after hurricane sandy for his earlier comments about privatizing fema and turning responsibility back to state and local governments. but during an era of fiscal restraint and global warming, it's high time that we start this conversation in earnest. how big do you want your fema to be? how generous your disaster relief payments and how much do you want to pay for it? in today's "new york times" op-ed section, there's an article that points out potential liability for flood insurance alone is $1.25 trillion. second only to the liability for social security. right now we have arguably the worst of both worlds. the federal government responds to disaster usually paying too much for the wrong people to do the wrong things. we provide federal money to put people back in harm's way and sometimes provide infrastructure to make future risky development worse. we often take remedial action, like for theifying beaches, a temporary solution, that can actually accelerate erosion elsewhere, shift storm damage down the coast to another spot or more serious flooding downriver. by giving the il
with the record in new jersey. the governor of new york as a disaster from hurricane sandy will cost about $30 billion in his state, new jersey's estimate is still coming in. it could be that high. we need additional disaster aid, with the support it or would you insist that it be offset by cuts elsewhere in the budget? >> i would like to see whatever the final numbers are here and there are preliminary estimates. and when you indicate that we desired to be offset, many of us desired that -- that was not the case. that is outside the debt deal, the disaster relief. but this is the interesting situation we find ourselves in it. in order to help new york and new jersey, federal government does not have any money. we have to go to the federal reserve or borrow more money. we will look to see what those are. but that becomes part of the scenario. this explosive situation of the fiscal waterfall or whichever you might call that. we will see with the numbers are. >> i think one of the things about disaster relief in the northeast is, there are people suffering there. and we have a track record of he
know many of you and your friends and neighbors are recovering from the events of hurricane sandy -- i want to let you know our thoughts are with everyone who has suffered during the storm and its aftermath. it has been a very challenging time for new york city. i think you have shown quite a bit of fortitude in coming back and getting back to business. my remarks today are going to focus on the reasons for the disappointingly slow pace of economic recovery in the united states, and the policy actions that have been taken by the federal open market committee to support the economy. in addition, i will discuss important economic challenges our country faces as we close out 2012 and move into 2013, in particular the challenge of putting federal government finances on a sustainable path and the longer run while avoiding actions that would endanger the economic recovery in the near term. the economy is continuing to recover from the financial crisis and recession, but the pace of the recovery has been slower than fomc participants and others had hoped or anticipated when i spoke here last,
tonight at 8:00 eastern, here on c-span. and then, the communicators. after hurricane sandy, we examine the impact the federal emergencies have on telecommunications systems. amongst our guests, the vice president of the regulatory affairs association, and congressman rangel, the serves on the commerce committee. -- who serves on the commerce committee. alan krueger spoke today at a briefing about the economy and consumer confidence. this is a little more than one hour. >> special guests. good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. thank you for your patience. we decided that it would be beneficial to you to have alan krueger joining me here today, as you know. he co-authored a report from the white house on the impact of middle-class tax hikes if they were to occur on retailers and consumer spending. that report is available on whitehouse.gov, if you have not read it. he authored this report for cyber monday. i hope that your delay led to extra purchases online using private computers not your company's computers. i want to turn it over to allen, who can take your questions on the importance
of hurricane sandy, governor chris christie of new asked for help with gas pipeline crews. the are people from specter energy here today. specter has crews in ontario that were ready to go. there was some pickup in some pipeline. i get an urgent call from our board members. he said -- this is crazy. we got into it. several people worked on it. they found out -- we could not -- it got resolved. the crews helped the electcity workers. we got to this crisis. it underscores the importance of the on the border work. now that we have got the u.s. elections behind us, is there a moment to build an amendment on it now? why is it so important to you? >> it is of immense benefit to both sides. we remain each other's largest trading partners. we are the two most integrated economies in the world. to have businesses constantly coming up against silly differences or the tyranny of small differences makes no sense. we have been making good progress since we agreed to this one year ago. it has been moving ahead well. it will pick up some steam now that the election is over. i hope that incidents like this th
district and throughout my state in the aftermath of hurricane sandy was nothing less than catastrophic. mr. pallone: but i really want to talk about the rebuilding effort today and what we need to do over the long term. the amount of outpouring, if you will, from volunteers, from just regular people in the district was just overwhelming. and i want to thank fema. i want to thank the red cross, the salvation army, all the different groups that are out there and continue to be out there today helping out with in effort. but the outpouring of volunteers from our own district and from new jersey was gist incredible. -- was just incredible. a few days ago i remember going to union beach, which was one of the towns hardest hit, and seeing so many people bringing food and clothing and cleaning supplies and one guy owns a pizza place, brought in a pizza oven and was making pizzas. another guy brought in a tv so people could watch tv at the center. where people come to sign up for fema. it just was amazing and it showed the spirit, if you will, of the people that they were willing to do that. but t
and affirmed by the tragedy in the northeast with hurricane sandy. secondly, we all believe a in the context of this that the human investment programs that support and sustain the working class and poor americans should not be the sacrificial lamb in any discussions. those programs have already been cut, been reduced to an extent. we are very unified in our thinking. thirdly and finally, we stand here, yes, as representatives of the organizations and the constituencies that we work for. we stand here as americans with a sincere hope the men and women in this city can find common ground. we know they can find common ground if they all exercise good will. if they exercise a commitment to common ground. we think that is one of the most important messages. a sincere feeling that we expect leaders to find common ground. we think the president for having us today and his out reach efforts have been extraordinary. i will introduce sister and then janet and we will go from there. >> i am sister samone. you probably know me -- it was a big honor to be in the meeting today. i think what i take away i
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